|New Orioles general manager Dan Duquette added depth to the Baltimore rotation by dealing a pair of low-ceiling prospects to the Dodgers for lefty Dana Eveland. Baltimore shipped low Class A lefty Jarret Martin and Triple-A outfielder Tyler Henson to Los Angeles.
Eveland qualifies for arbitration for the first time this offseason, and the Dodgers were undecided about his future with the club, especially after signing major league free agents Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano this month. With the trade, Los Angeles not only clears space on the 40-man roster to sign those veteran pitchers but also sidesteps a difficult decision as the non-tender deadline looms.
The Orioles aren't the first club to be tempted by Eveland's potential, despite his career 5.52 ERA in 360 big league innings. The 28-year-old lefty has been traded four times previously and has spent time in the majors with six different clubs, most prominently the Athletics and Brewers, who signed him as a 16th-round draft-and-follow in 2003. Eveland's three pitches range in velocity from 75 mph (curveball) to 80 (changeup) to 90 (fastball), but to succeed he needs to limit baserunners and keep the ball on the ground because his career strikeout rate is a pedestrian six per nine innings. The Dodgers signed Eveland as a minor league free agent last December, and he adapted quickly to the brutal pitching environs of Triple-A Albuquerque. He went 12-8, 4.38 with 107 strikeouts and 61 walks in 154 innings for the Isotopes, made the Pacific Coast League all-star team and allowed opponents to hit just .260. Los Angeles summoned Eveland to the big leagues in September and he pitched well in three of five starts.
|Jarret Martin, lhp
Born: Aug. 14, 1989 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 200. Bats: L. Throws: L.
School: Bakersfield (Calif.) JC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in 18th round of 2009 draft; signed Aug. 6, 2009.
Martin is an interesting lower-level lefty who stands out for a sinking, tailing fastball at 90-93 mph that some scouts project to be a plus. His No. 2 offering is a low-80s fringe-average slider that would
couple nicely with the fastball in a middle-relief role. Martin has broad shoulders and muscular lower half, but he also has considerable effort in his delivery. He throws across his body, which hinders both control and command, which was evident after a late-May move to the Delmarva rotation. Martin went 3-11, 5.46 with a 74-to-57 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 87 innings.
|Tyler Henson, rf
Age: 23. Position: RF (85 G), LF (22 G), CF (17 G).
Born: Dec. 15, 1987 in Oklahoma City.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 205. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Tuttle (Okla.) HS.
Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in fifth round of 2006 draft; signed June 8, 2006.
A converted third baseman who moved off the dirt prior to the 2010 season, Henson held his own with Double-A Bowie that season but struggled in 2011 in his first exposure to Triple-A. Though he looks the part physically, Henson's production doesn't sync with his scouting reports. An average runner, he lacks the pure speed for center field and doesn't hit for enough power to profile on an outfield corner—he hit three homers and slugged .321 in 123 games for Norfolk. Henson could find bench opportunities in the big leagues difficult to come by unless his offensive production takes a step forward.
|Dana Eveland, lhp
Age: 28. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2012-14 seasons (approximately $420,000 salary in 2011).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.